Pet Photography Project 52 Week 10 : Minimalist

This week’s topic in the Pet Photography Project 52 is “Minimalist”. Minimalist photography and minimalism in art in general can be characterized by sparseness and simplicity – a “less is more” philosophy. Because the subject matter can be sparse, color can be a prominent feature in minimalist photography along with texture, lines and geometry. For…

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  • Kelly MiddlebrooksMarch 9, 2018 - 4:05 pm

    Wonderful examples and gosh, that orange is beautiful with that first dog. I hope they all find homes soon!ReplyCancel

  • RachelMarch 9, 2018 - 4:11 pm

    Absolutely love that color!ReplyCancel

  • AnonymousMarch 9, 2018 - 10:47 pm

    Love the orange! Is it a wall at the adoption center? ReplyCancel

    • JohnMarch 14, 2018 - 7:37 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the orange wall is part of an outdoor play area for the dogs.ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaMarch 10, 2018 - 2:24 am

    Wonderful examples of less is more.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineMarch 16, 2018 - 4:51 pm

    Great shelter dog photos, John.  I love that background wall!  The color is perfect for these dogs.ReplyCancel

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 9 : Wide Angle

Welcome back the the Pet Photography Project 52 Blog Circle! This week’s topic is “Wide Angle”. Wide angle lenses are typically considered 35mm or less on a full frame camera (or 50mm or less on a cropped sensor or AP-C sensor camera). They are used a lot in landscape photography and interior architecture. As the…

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  • UrsulaMarch 2, 2018 - 2:31 pm

    Judge is super adorable. The last picture makes me laugh. I love wide angle lenses.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MiddlebrooksMarch 2, 2018 - 2:38 pm

    I love that first image. What a fun looking pup!ReplyCancel

  • KirstenMarch 2, 2018 - 2:58 pm

    I’m a fan of the wide angle face photos with the nose in the camera!ReplyCancel

  • Danyel RogersMarch 2, 2018 - 8:15 pm

    That first image made me actually LOL  Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Tim EvansMarch 2, 2018 - 9:30 pm

    Great examples of perspective distortion!ReplyCancel

  • ElaineMarch 2, 2018 - 11:29 pm

    What a great dog!  Very expressive.  I love the up close and personal photos!ReplyCancel

  • DarleneMarch 3, 2018 - 10:12 pm

    Judge is super handsome!  He looks so happy!  Love the close ups, especially the first one!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra mccarthyMarch 4, 2018 - 1:46 am

    He seems super happy in front of the camera. Nice work.ReplyCancel

  • LyndaMarch 4, 2018 - 6:47 am

    Great modelling Judge! Love that first image with his nose up close to the lens!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMarch 4, 2018 - 4:34 pm

    I am loving these closeups! Big-nosed puppy photos are the best!ReplyCancel

  • SamAdeleMarch 7, 2018 - 5:05 pm

    Love that first image!!  Judge is one handsome chap!ReplyCancel

  • Kim HollisMarch 7, 2018 - 5:24 pm

    Oh my gosh he is cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueMarch 7, 2018 - 7:05 pm

    I love the last image – it makes you laugh – I see a lot of photos taken like the first one – and doing rescue dogs – that’s not what shows off the dog the best – great collection – Judge is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardMarch 17, 2018 - 11:52 am

    That smile! Oh my, such a cutie!ReplyCancel

Pet Photography Project 52 Week 7 : Year of the Dog

  This week’s Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle topic is “Year of the Dog”. Every year the Chinese New Year starts on the new moon occurring between January 21 and February 20. This year, that will be today, February 16. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to…

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  • Kim HollisFebruary 16, 2018 - 2:24 pm

    I love Troy’s spots!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly MiddlebrooksFebruary 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm

    You do such wonderful work. Those dogs are so lucky to have you.ReplyCancel

  • Tim EvansFebruary 16, 2018 - 5:17 pm

    The center is lucky to have such a great photographer as you volunteer. Tell me, are those orange backgrounds done in post or were they “real?”ReplyCancel

  • ElaineFebruary 16, 2018 - 6:47 pm

    Really nice photos, John.  I think the first on is my favorite, but it was hard to pick.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy AllardFebruary 17, 2018 - 1:36 pm

    Great job capturing great smiles and personality of every animal!ReplyCancel

  • Linda MetcalfFebruary 17, 2018 - 4:35 pm

    They all look so happy!ReplyCancel

  • UrsulaFebruary 17, 2018 - 6:05 pm

    Very nice Photos. Happy Year of the Dog.ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 18, 2018 - 2:16 am

    Beautiful images.  Love the tangerine background.ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 18, 2018 - 10:28 pm

      Thanks! I’m kind of stuck with that background for now, for better or worse 🙂 . The best place to photograph the dogs is outside in their play areas, which has an orange wall on one side.ReplyCancel

  • LyndaFebruary 18, 2018 - 6:24 pm

    Great photos! They’re lucky to have you. Hope these beauties find their forever homes soon. ReplyCancel

  • Linda PerdueFebruary 20, 2018 - 5:34 pm

    Nice photos – Since I personally don’t care for the color orange, I had not tried it for a background on pets – but it looks very nice in your photos (I probably need to change my mind).  You do very nice work – the shelter/rescue dogs are lucky to have you!!!ReplyCancel

    • JohnFebruary 20, 2018 - 7:02 pm

      Thanks Linda! I’m kind of stuck with that background for now, for better or worse. The best place to photograph the dogs is outside in their play areas, which has an orange wall on one side. One side has some fake green grass, but despite the canopies gets direct sunlight most of the day. I like the green/orange combo, it really pops (and they are the UM colors – Go Canes!). It can use that side on overcast days. http://maxnorman.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/orange-background.jpgReplyCancel

Adoptable Dogs from Miami-Dade Animal Services

I recently returned to volunteering my photography services at the Miami-Dade County Pet Adoption and Protection Center. These 4 dogs have been at the shelter at least 3 months. All are American Bulldog mixes. To learn how to adopt any of these guys visit http://www8.miamidade.gov/sites/departments/animals/home.page.

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How do online photos impact dog adoption?

One of the things I enjoy most about being a pet photographer is getting to volunteer my services to help dogs and cats find homes. The impact of good photos on adoption rates can not be understated. Below is an infographic summarizing a study done by Mary Woods at the University of Richmond. In her…

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